From a purely technical point of view, it was a precision landing. At the same time as the Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) announced the start of the digital corona vaccination pass on Thursday afternoon, the associated CovPass app was available in the Apple and Google app stores. After all, that is almost three weeks earlier than Spahn’s previously announced schedule had suggested. Not bad timing given the delays that public IT projects often have to contend with.
The CovPass is intended to enable freedom of travel in Europe without testing and quarantine obligations and in the home country the return to normal everyday life without testing obligations and access restrictions.
But the supposedly over-punctual start has a few blemishes that fell under the table when the project was presented in Berlin. Vaccination centers, medical practices and pharmacies can connect to the certification platform that the consortium made up of the IT group IBM, the data security specialist Ubirch, the service provider Bechtle and the municipal IT cooperative.